Family Aphyonidae - Blind cusk eels
No. in FishBase
Genera : 0 | Species : 0 Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes
Fresh : No | Brackish : No | Marine : Yes
  First Fossil Record
Distribution: Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. Morphology: Scaleless. No swim bladder. Dorsal fin continuous with anal fins. Dorsal fin origin posterior, well behind the pectoral fin. Eyes rudimentary. Opercular spine weak, if present. Sensory pores on head absent. No pyloric caeca. Pelvic fin jugular with a single ray; lacking in a few. Bilobed ovaries. Total vertebrae 68-86: precaudal 26-48. Neotenic in some features. Depth: Mostly found beyond 700 m depth. New common name for this family from Ref. 58418. Ref. 103259: Mostly small to medium-sized, viviparous, bathypelagic and benthopelagic fishes. Diagnostic features of the family include a loose, transparent and gelatinous skin, poorly developed (or not visible) eyes, basibranchial tooth patches absent, and long dorsal and anal fins joined to the caudal fin (Nielsen et al., 1999).
Greek, derived from aphyo, aphye = sardine, anchovy, in the sense of whitish, with the colour of sardine ( Ref. 45335).
  Reproductive guild
  Typical activity level
  Main Ref.
  Deep Fin Classification

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Species/Synonymy list for the family Aphyonidae as currently in FishBase

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